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Delirium, Reducing sleep deprivation in the intensive care unit, Sleep deprivation



  1. Stuck, Amy MSN, RN, CCRN
  2. Clark, Mary Jo PhD, RN
  3. Connelly, Cynthia D. PhD, RN, FAAN


Delirium in the intensive care unit is a disorder with multifactorial causes and is associated with poor outcomes. Sleep-wake disturbance is a common experience for patients with delirium. Care processes that disrupt sleep can lead to sleep deprivation, contributing to delirium. Patient-centered care is a concept that considers what is best for each individual. How can clinicians use a patient-centered approach to alter processes to decrease patient disruptions and improve sleep and rest? Could timing of blood draws and soothing music work to promote sleep?